Change. It’s an inevitable part of life and no stranger to us in the interpretation and translation industry. But, how we manage it… well, that’s the real game-changer. With constant technological advancements and shifting global trends, adapting becomes our second nature.
But wouldn’t it be nice to have a roadmap? That’s where models like Kotter’s 8-Step, a tried and true method for implementing change, can be a godsend for this profession.
This model provides a valuable framework for successfully implementing change, particularly when it comes to introducing new interpretation methods or techniques.
Are you ready to discover how this model fits into the dynamic interpreting world?
Step 1: Create urgency
In a rapidly evolving industry, the need for updating skills, tools, and methods is urgent. Let’s acknowledge it and encourage the same sense of urgency in our colleagues.
Step 2: Build a guiding coalition
Form alliances with colleagues, clients or mentors. There’s strength in numbers when navigating the waves of change.
Step 3: Form a strategic vision
It’s not just about change, but the direction of that change. Plan your journey. Identify the new skills you need and the resources you can leverage.
Step 4: Enlist volunteers
Share the vision, get others onboard! You’ll find advice, resources and companions for your journey.
Step 5: Enable action by removing barriers
Identify and face those obstacles head-on. Eliminate obstacles, whether it;s learning software or adapting to a new linguistic norm, remove what’s holding you back.
Step 6: Generate short-term wins
A little win can go a long way. Whether its a successful project using your new skills or mastering a challenging tool, every count wins.
Step 7: Sustain acceleration
Keep the momentum going. Remember, change isn’t a one-off event. You need to keep going and embed change in everyday practice.
Step 8: Institute change
Lastly, let’s make chance the new norm. A step up in your tech, skills or methods shouldn’t be temporary, but a part of your identity.
Change might be challenging but it’s also a chance for growth and improvement.
How have you navigated change in your world?